Auchenstroan Coloured Ryelands

We are Adrian and Nicole Doyle and this is our web site where we show our life on our small holding and showcase the products that we sell.

We are delighted to offer a range of handmade felted fleece rugs, also known as “vegetarian sheepskin rugs”.  These are made from the wool (not the sheepskin) from our own sheep and no animal is harmed in the process.  You can buy them from our shop, please have a look.

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Sheep get haircuts and health checks

It’s a long time since our flock were sheared, 7 months to be precise!  Plenty of time for a sheep of a woolly persuasion to get a touch of the

Selene leader

The burden of leadership

Hi, Selene here.  As you might already know, Peaches, our leader for some years, passed away last month.  Having felt that I have been deputy for a while, I thought

hoggy the hedgehog

Hoggy update

In November last year, I happened upon a tiny hedgehog out foraging.  At just over 300g, she was too small to survive the winter so we brought her in so

auchenstroan trees planted

New Trees Planted

As the new year gets underway, one of the first tasks to be done was to plant the trees I had bought in the autumn.  Each year, we buy bare

Happy New Year!

A very Happy New Year to all our readers! work in progress! I just wanted to update all you lovely people who follow us and let

stone dyke gap half filled

Gap in stone dyke filled

We have a lot of stone dykes here and over the years, some have fallen into disrepair while others have been, shall we say, modified. One such modification was a

RIP Peaches

The last few days have been cold and yesterday, we took advantage of the frozen ground to lay an area of hardcore around the sheep's hay feeders.  The frozen ground

sunrise at auchenstroan

Frosty mornings

A cold snap in November seems to have been a regular thing ever since I was a kid.  Each year, the frost would come and it would look like a

sheep at hay feeders

It’s time for Hay

Around late October, early November the grass pretty much stops growing and loses most of its nutritional value.  For sheep, that means its time for hay.  This year, the late

felted sheepskin rug

Latest rugs in our shop

With the onset of winter and frosty days I’ve been busy wrapping up my gardening business for another year.  This means I get a lovely rest, oh, sorry, that was

Spending the winter indoors

OK, so I was out and about as usual around 8:30pm on a cold November evening when I saw the human and two dogs approaching. I wasn't that worried as

hedgehog winter quarters

Underweight hedgehog seeks board and lodging

It is our custom to take the dogs out in the evening to give them a chance to pee before bedtime.  Often, we have been lucky enough to see a


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felted rug vera

Fantastic fleece. Arrived a few days after ordering. Now pride of place in my office keeping my feet warm while working at my desk.

Chris Thompson Homegrown felted fleece rug, natural cream, grey, beige, Coloured Ryeland fleece – Vera 29th September 2019

coloured ryeland fleece felted rug

Peaches' natural color fleece rug looks great in my new bathroom and so soft underfoot! Best of all, she gets to continue to enjoy her home outdoors in the fields! A++ seller

38cape Homegrown felted fleece “sheepskin” rug, natural cream, Coloured Ryeland fleece - Peaches 26th March 2019

auchenstroan wool

Beautiful wool and just the colour I wanted


Sioned Williams Homegrown Coloured Ryeland Wool - natural, undyed yarn produced in the UK - 1Ply / lace weight 50g 25th March 2019

ethical sheepskin rugs

I love this beautiful rug , a sheepskin without the skin as the back has been felted . It arrived quicky, was beautifully packaged , including a postcard about Ethel the lamb, the previous owner of the wool , and also comprehensive washing instructions.

Kirsty Homegrown felted fleece “sheepskin” rug, natural grey, Coloured Ryeland fleece 13th March 2019

sheep friendly sheepskin rugs
I ordered a felted fleece rug as an unusual birthday present for my sister who loves sheep. She is absolutely thrilled with it! I've since visited my sister and seen the rug for myself, it is indeed a beautifully made rug, very soft and feels warm and cosy. I wouldn't hesitate to buy from Nicole again, she delivers a first class service, thank you!

Kurt Homegrown felted fleece "sheepskin" rug, natural cream, Coloured Ryeland fleece 6th March 2019